Creating Our Home

What a difference a space can make to your motivation. I’ve been really struggling to do anything productive, whether that’s crafting, writing or business planning. I’ve been leaving everything in favour of doing the washing up!

Ranj and I are lucky enough to have a whole room in our flat dedicated to being creative and working. Until recently it’s been such a mess and I’ve resisted doing anything in there. We decided that getting a nice, big desk to spread out on would be a good place to start. We knew the style that we wanted and hunted through the local shops. Unfortunately, upcycling and shabby-chic has become really fashionable and lots of the pieces that caught our attention, although beautiful, blew our budget to smithereens. This is when Ranj hit upon the brainwave of making it himself.

My beauitful desk made from reclaimed scaffolding boards

My beauitful desk made from reclaimed scaffolding boards

We reused the brackets that came with the scaffolding for decoration.

We reused the brackets that came with the scaffolding for decoration.

We found a fantastic local organisation called The Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Project (it does what it says on the tin). They are donated unwanted bits of wood. They can sell you the wood directly or make you a bespoke piece of furniture; many of their products can also be found in local stores. They were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable; I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Project

Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Project

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We bought two ex-scaffolding boards and were generously given some metal brackets for free. The wood was cut to size for us… all that was left for us to do was to take it home, clean it up and put it together.

I’m happy to report that I am loving sitting here and writing this. I’m actually looking for reasons to work here. Knowing that we made it feels pretty special… plus it’s HUGE and I can spread out as much as I want!

Poorly Sick

Today I’m ill. I’m on the sofa, with a headache and tea, with a sore throat and not enough sympathy.

I am be missing rehearsal, work and the first showing of ‘Blackbird’. To compensate I am watching ‘Escape to the Country’ and reading ‘River Cottage Veg Everyday’-which was very generously given to me for my birthday.

It’s making me dream of spring and remember how comforting discovering gardening was when I first found myself estranged from performing and my previous London-Life. It reminded me that some things blossom on their own with very little angst or tampering with from me.

Cooking and growing and being at home. Perfect.